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When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, "Trust me. This is gonna be awesome."

Of course, you probably wouldn't believe a voodoo doll could work either. Or that it could cause someone's leg to blow clean off with one quick prick. But I've seen it. It can happen.

And when there's suddenly a doll of YOU floating ar...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2012)
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Iain Grant
Me: I heard you snort with laughter five times while reading this book. Was it funny?
My daughter, Kate (14): Yes. It was silly and crazy. People being chased by zombie History teachers is crazy. It also features a voodoo doll and a family of cannibals.
Me: Cannibals?
Kate: Yeah. They kill people in human sacrifices. And then eat them.
Me: So it's a horror story?
Kate: Yeah. I suppose. It wasn't scary horror. It was more funny than scary. There were great characters like Adam, the main character's be...more
Terri Garey
Tired of all the angst and introspection in Young Adult fiction these days? Wanna see teenagers reading about something other than wizards and vampires, and maybe even hear them laugh out loud while they do it? (WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS)

In A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO, Tyler Churchill is a typical teenager who makes the mistake of believing that sticking a pin into a voodoo doll is a harmless way to get revenge for an undeserved F. Unfortunately, the friend who gave him the doll is a serio...more
Heidi
Three Stars: A bizarre, humorous slapstick book that will make you laugh and scratch your head.

Tyler after studying for days gets an F on his test. When he confronts his teacher, Mr. Click, he is told that he had the exact same answers as Donny. Despite Tyler's protests, Mr. Click informs him that he is a cheater. Tyler vents his frustrations to his best friend Adam. Adam tells him to hang tight, he has a solution. A few days later, Adam presents Tyler with a voodoo doll of Mr. Click. Tyler does...more
Nick Cato
Tyler and his friend Adam are high school sophomores. Adam plans a way for them to get even with their strict history teacher, Mr. Click: he buys a voodoo doll, and despite Tyler being skeptical, things go overboard when they stick a pin in the doll's leg (during class) and Mr. Click's leg blows off and turns the classroom into a gruesome blood bath. Afraid Tyler will rat him out, Adam buys a voodoo doll of Tyler for insurance, but it gets stolen, sending our two buddies and Tyler's cute but tou...more
Todd Russell
I've been on a Jeff Strand reading binge this year and this was the first story he's written that didn't work at all for me. The author has an outstanding talent for mixing macabre with humor, something that's very difficult to do well. Here he finally misses more than he hits with the laughs, which is very much not the norm for this excellent author. Reading this story is like seeing a great comedian on a really off night.

I liked that the story starts out with a somewhat unique take on a voodoo...more
Henrietta
What do we have here? Let’s see … to begin with, the protagonist is called Tyler Churchill. He is not dumb, violent or psychotic. He has a friend named Adam, who is a little … em … whacky. I mean, who would suggest your friend to use a car to crush the arms of a teacher just so that the teacher has no arms to grade another F for a test? (!!) Yeah, right ?? Wouldn’t you say that’s pretty whacky? I’d say so … and when Tyler is not into doing something destructive, Adam hands him … a voodoo doll of...more
Kate (VerbVixen)
Now, I want you to imagine you very worst day ever. Okay, now I’m going to need you to imagine that bad day getting worst by say, ohhh, x1000. That’s what A Bad Day for Voodoo is like; it is that level of bad day.

It is humorous horror, if such a genre exists. There is a frantic pace to the plot and to the dialogue/writing. Both the pace and the story pretty much define action/adventure. Adam is perhaps actually dumber than a rock, while pragmatic and practical Kelley is a good counterbalance fo...more
Sarah
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This book was absolutely hilarious. I used those little colorful post-it tabs to mark off funny passages and lines throughout the book and by the end there were quite a few of them. This is definitely a fun read and not one to take too seriously.

Voodoo is always an interesting subject but throw in a couple teens and ridiculous shenanigans and it becomes even better. Some of the situations these kids got into had me cracking up. The FAQ's in the very beginning w...more
Marge Simon
One of the funniest books I’ve ever read! A colleague, Bruce Boston, has said that “Strand is the Robert Sheckley of horror” and I find that quite true. This little novel appeals to readers of all ages, especially the part of you that never quite grew up. Interestingly, there’s even a chapter on how to review his book (as told by narrator Tyler, a seventeen year old) so you’ll get extra credit for your English class. And near the end, Tyler even gets an email from his editor/publisher raving abo...more
Gatorman
I wish I would have known this was a YA book going in, which may have tempered my extreme disappointment with the effort. I love Strand and his ability to mix humor with horror, but in this book, the humor was corny, way over the top and just not funny, and there was no horror and very few thrills to keep me interested. Each character was more annoying than the next and none of the "villians" were worthy of the title. If you are expecting another Wolf Hunt or Benjamin's Paradise (great mix of hu...more
Bill
Usually I run from YA novels as they seem to be mostly...well YA, but I tried to go into this book a bit more open-minded because I am a big fan of Jeff Strand. I was not disappointed. Obviously, it was intended for a younger middle school audience, but I thought it was put together well and was a quick and enjoyable read – utterly Strand. I would recommend this book to all YA’s out there who like their horror mixed with ample amounts of humor and for us “older readers” who just want to read som...more
Elizabeth
I started out very excited by this book. The FAQs before the book began were funny, the first half of the book was funny, but after that I started to lose interest. I finished the book quickly, because I really wanted to be able to return it to the library, and I had already invested myself in it (I was halfway through) but otherwise I'm not sure I would have finished. The characters are funny, the story is funny, it was just a little too ridiculous for me, and I can deal with some pretty ridicu...more
Maximiliano
The novel "A Bad Day For Voodoo" by Jeff Strand is a good book about a teenage boy and his struggle for his life controlled by a doll and who ever has it. The story takes place in a lot places from his school to the home of some serial killer family. The main character's life is perfect until his friend makes a voodoo doll out of him...
This long and stressing journey begins when the main character's friend brings him a voodoo doll of his teacher that he hates and rejects it... and now there is...more
Anna
After a long run of 'meh' books, this was just the pick-me-up I needed. A briskly-paced, lighthearted horror-comedy somewhat reminiscent of 'Shaun of the Dead', but without all the zombies.
High school student Tyler studied really hard for that test, but his nasty teacher gave him an F because some other kid cheated off of him. Idiot friend Adam gets Tyler a voodoo doll for petty revenge, but the thing works a little too well. Now their teacher is in hospital and idiot Adam is paranoid that Tyler...more
Carol
A fast, cynical read aimed at the pre and early teen set, this goofy story is actually pretty funny. Never read anything by Jeff Strand before; he's a talented guy! It was a nice break from my usual thriller/mystery reads. The main character, writing in first person, tells his story to the reader with occasional short entries by his editor and a couple of others. I was drawn to it because of the "voodoo" aspect, but stayed until the end because I wanted to see what would happen next! This is a s...more
Chris
I knew that if I were to ever write about this experience, I'd have to do so with an inappropriately lighthearted tone to help me cope with the horrors I'd witnessed.

Lighthearted is an outlandish understatement. Better descriptors for this book: ludicrous, self-aware, meta, cynical, snarky, outlandish, and fun. Most especially fun. You might call it a comedy of errors, except instead of comedy it's a horror and instead of errors there are a string of the most random, extreme turns of events imag...more
paula
F#ck yeah voodoo! Like Elmore Leonard writing True Blood minus the stupid romance parts.
Dustin
"A Bad Day For Voodoo", by the always entertaining Jeff Strand, is actually, literally, laugh-out-loud funny! It's like one of those bad-things-happen-to-poor-jackasses movies where more and more hilarious, ridiculous things keep happening to him-except there's no Ben Stiller(yay!), and dark, comedic, voodoo shenanigans take the place of the sappy guy pines for girl storyline. Everything I read by this man makes me laugh, and cringe. Very few people can do cringe comedy well. No, let's just call...more
Christie Brown
I have a new favorite book! I. absolutely loved this one.
Sandra
Just got this for a blog tour I'm participating in and there's a FAQ at the beginning of the book... hilarious! This should be a good one.

Aaaand... finished the book and it was as equally hilarious as the FAQ.

Tyler was falsely accused of cheating on his history exam and thusly a little ticked at Mr. Click, his teacher. But his best friend, Adam, has a plan and within a few days shows up at school with a voodoo doll of Mr. Click. Of course, they were both pretty shocked to discover the little bur...more
JilltheOWL
Ok where to do I start? With the fact that I laughed and laughed when telling people about this book? That when I told my friend about the big thing that happens at the start I was laughing so hard I could hardly get it out? Or that when I got to the intermission I literally burst out laughing?? Or that when I read chapter 20 to my daughter (age 13) we both laughed and laughed, and she said I HAD to read it aloud to my students next year (first time EVER she's said something like that when she k...more
Amy Fournier
*4.5 out of 5 stars

OMG this book was hilarious!! First off, the FAQ that is in the beginning of the book was really funny so I was instantly excited to dive in. That is just the tip of the entertainment this book contains. I was literally laughing out loud at some points thinking to myself that Jeff Strand is awesome!! The whole book is one heck of a crazy ride. It's hilariously awesome from the first pages all the way through to the last.

Tyler is just a normal kid who goes to school, has a pre...more
Alexis

I loved, loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I had hardly any expectations for this book going in. I thought it might be a paranormal "boy book" with some gore, but nothing special. Boy, was I wrong.

For me, the thing that stands out most in this book is the voice. It's more like a person is telling me this story word for word, and less like a book narrative. And it works, and I love it. It drew me in instantly, and that's why I managed to finish this book in two sittings. Not to mention the fa...more
Gef
When you went to high school, did you have a teacher that you just didn't like? Actually, hate might be a better word. I know I had one. He was an English teacher, a miserable bastard of an English teacher to be precise. In the case of Jeff Strand's protagonist, Tyler Churchill, he hates his his tenth grade history teacher, Mr. Click. So does Tyler's best friend Adam, to the extent that Adam buys a voodoo doll for Tyler, as a silly act of revenge against their teacher. Just one problem: the vood...more
M. Louis
I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun. Jeff Strand is one of the few authors that can make me laugh out loud; this has lead to some awkward moments at bus stops, in restaurants, and during funerals.

I decided to lend this book to my kids. They're at that age where life can be a somewhat challenging, if not downright frightening, day to day existence--puberty can be cruel. They both had similar reactions when I put it on their Kindles: "Whatever!" and "Get out of my room!"

But soon it be...more
Liza
As you know, I hate reviewing books that fall into genres I generally avoid. The one genre I avoid at all costs, despite the talents behind the writer is horror. I can't do it. I'm a scaredy cat. Any horror movie I've watched in my entire life, I was tricked into watching it or told it wouldn't be that scary.

I only willingly watched one horror movie- The Exorcist. Let's just say I didn't sleep alone for a week. And I prayed that God didn't hate me, because I was pretty sure everything in my room...more
Kayla Eklund
Note: This book got a 2.5/5 on my blog.

A Bad Day for Voodoo was an okay middle grade novel. I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it. The over the top, ridiculous situations got to be a bit too much at times. Most of the book had me laughing, but sometimes I just had to roll my eyes. Chapter 28 in particular made me want to slam my head against the wall. Other parts, such as re-finding Mr. Click, made me chuckle. Aside from the ridiculous humor in the book, the plot was interesting. It kept me on...more
Karen Kaiser
What the fuck? Excuse my language. But what the fuck?

This entire book was just one trip after another. I loved it.

By the end of the first few chapters, I knew this book wouldn't bore me. It'd be very hard to get boring after rocket-legs and gushing blood, but still. The rest of the novel didn't disappoint. It was never dull. I read this book in two sittings. The only reason it wasn't one sitting is because I unsuccessfully tried to get some sleep in between (you usually do that at three in the m...more
Evie
Published to: Bookish (www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com)

Featuring voodoo dolls, serial killers, thugs, wild car-chases, gun violence, and a zombie, A Bad Day For Voodoo is a sharp, quirky, and insanely hilarious examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of being totally overblown (in the best sense of the word). This book will rock your face off, you'll be snorting your drink through your nose, rolling around the floor, and laughing to tears. It's a dark comedy at it's best, deftly written...more
Once Upon
We’ve all have had those people in our lives who just get under our skin and irritate us to no end. Unfortunately, I’ll be the first to admit, that I even had some not so nice thoughts about them. That’s how our man Tyler feels in this novel. The protagonist of the novel, Tyler, is a normal teenage guy who is just trying to get by, like everyone else. For Tyler though, there is just one person who he can’t stand. In his mind, he feels that he has probably the worst teacher imaginable who has a s...more
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